By DE Editors
ArcGIS for AutoCAD is a free AutoCAD application from ESRI (Redlands, CA) that allows CAD users to visualize and query geographic information system (GIS) data within the CAD environment without conversion. ArcGIS for AutoCAD accesses dynamic georeferenced ArcGIS Server map services and displays them in the AutoCAD drafting environment.
The map service metadata is accessible in the standard AutoCAD Properties window, and the map feature attributes can be viewed via the IDENTIFY tool. All vector, raster, and imagery formats that ArcGIS Server supports can be viewed in the CAD environment.
Users can interact with live GIS maps, displaying GIS symbology and data structures; include the results of GIS analysis in their CAD designs; include GIS base maps in their CAD products; and access feature attributes in CAD directly from the underlying GIS databases.
ArcGIS for AutoCAD requires ArcGIS Server 9.2 and AutoCAD 2007. Download it by clicking here.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.